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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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What is good for reducing the frequency of tension headaches or cluster headaches?

What is good for reducing the frequency of tension headaches or cluster headaches?

Meds reduce headache: Many different drugs with diverse pharmacological actions are used to treat an acute headache. Drug therapy for tension headaches or mild-to-moderate migraines usually starts with acetaminophen, aspirin, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids)…ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. For moderate to severe migraine attacks, the "triptans" or ergot alkaloids are typically used. For more severe headaches. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a tension headache vs migraine?

What are the symptoms of a tension headache vs migraine?

Tension headache: Is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp or neck usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas. ...Read more

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When is a headache a symptom of meningitis?

When is a headache a symptom of meningitis?

Rarely: If there is a fever, stiff neck, and generalized bodily discomfort, associated with confusion, the headache may merely be secondary to the meningitis infection. Most often, however, headaches are due to migraine, tension or muscle contraction mechanisms, and mainly due to non-infectious causation. This is often sorted out in hospital emergency departments by a lumbar puncture. ...Read more

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Is double vision and headache a sign of migraine?

Is double vision and headache a sign of migraine?

Can be: Ophthalmoplegic migraine affecting the eye muscles, can be an emergency. ...Read more

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Headache is a symptom of what tumors?

Headache is a symptom of what tumors?

Nonspecific: Headaches can be due to migraine, muscle contraction, hydrocephalus, tumors, hypertension, sinus infections, jaw problems. Tumors and hemorrhages cause headaches due to increased pressure inside the skull when the size is significant. Many tumors, such as meningiomas, may be completely silent, without any pain. ...Read more

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Is bone pain around the eye that triggers headaches and/or migraine considered a cluster headache?

Not that simple: Pain around the eye could be a symptom of either type of headache. However, having that symptom alone is not diagnostic. A medical assessment should help to clarify diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is dizziness or lightheadedness a symptom of sinusitis?

Is dizziness or lightheadedness a symptom of sinusitis?

No: Those symptoms aren't related to sinusitis, it may be your inner ear, an ENT specialist would help sorting it out, good luck ...Read more

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Are brain jolt/shivers a symptom of onset of a migraine?

Are brain jolt/shivers a symptom of onset of a migraine?

Possible: If you're above-described symptoms are followed by the typical migraine headache that you have then it is the sign onset of the migraine. ...Read more

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What causes a general feeling of malaise, fogginess, with a very mild headache. How to distinguish from Prodrome of migraine?

What causes a general feeling of malaise, fogginess, with a very mild headache. How to distinguish from Prodrome of migraine?

The prodrome: starts from hours to a few days prior to a migraine attack and is characterized by changes in mood or behavior. Features include hyperactivity or hypoactivity, depression, craving for special foods, repetitive yawning and similar atypical symptoms. No headache is present. ...Read more

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Is a headache a common symptom of colds?

Is a headache a common symptom of colds?

Colds cause headache: Colds frequently cause headaches due to a viral infection in your sinuses. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a tension headache in temples?

What are the causes of a tension headache in temples?

Headache: Your headaches coudl be coming from tension, eye strain, tooth grinding, dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, skipping meals, stress, sleep apnea/snoring, or chronic sinus problems. ...Read more

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Is headache a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

Is headache a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

Holy cow!: When u hear hoofbeats on the bridge don't think first of unicorns! :). ...Read more

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What causes a morning tension headache?

What causes a morning tension headache?

Unknown!: Tension headaches are characterized by dull, non-pulsatile discomfort on both sides of the temples and forehead. Typically last for 30-60 min or for days. Affect at least 40% of adults in any given year. Occur most commonly in the early morning and late afternoon. The morning variety is often triggered by lack of sleep, awkward sleeping positions, hangovers and caffeine withdrawal. Cause unknown! ...Read more

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What is a headache a symptom of mainly?

What is a headache a symptom of mainly?

Headache: Your headaches coudl be coming from tension, eye strain, tooth grinding, dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, skipping meals, stress, sleep apnea/snoring, or chronic sinus problems. ...Read more

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Is dizziness a symptom of chronic sinusitis?

Is dizziness a symptom of chronic sinusitis?

No: Dizziness can mean either vertigo-room spinning- or light-headedness. Neither should be a symptom of chronic sinusitis. ...Read more

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What type of headache is triggered by crying. Throbbing headache. ?

What type of headache is triggered by crying. Throbbing headache. ?

See below: Depends on the location, duration, specific symptoms, medical history and many other factors. However, both tension and migraine type headaches can be triggered by crying episodes that are associated with stress, depression and other negative emotions. Crying related to happiness does not cause muscle tension or hormone stimulation like that with negative emotions. ...Read more

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Having preassure in front of the head and radiates to the temple mostly on left side but only preassure no pain Is this a symptom of tension headache?

Having preassure in front of the head and radiates to the temple  mostly on left side but only preassure no pain Is this a symptom of tension headache?

Yes, TTH: Tension type headache. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the temples, cervical muscles (neck) as well as the pericranial muscles. Rec.: see orofacial pain/headache specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a tension headache vs migraine?

Tension headache: Is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp or neck usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tension headache?

What are the symptoms of tension headache?

Tension HA: Usually begins in the back of the head and radiates forward laterally. Moderately severe, stiffness of the muscles in back of neck leading up to back of head. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of a tension headache?

What are common symptoms of a tension headache?

Tension headache: Some of symptoms of a tension headache are a dull, aching head pain, sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the sides and back of your head, tenderness on your scalp, neck and shoulder muscles. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a mixed headache, with both migraine and tension headache symptoms?

Is it possible to have a mixed headache, with both migraine and tension headache symptoms?

Yes, quite often: In fact many so-called tension headaches have similar underlying neurochemical traits to migraine, hence may respond to similar treatments. See your md or neurologist for examination for any severe and/or debilitating undiagnosed headache. ...Read more

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Fell while kneeling on bed and hit head on wall. I've had a bad tension headache for 72 hrs. Taken hydro because pain. No other symptoms. See a Dr?

If concerned: If you are having concerning symptoms, and now, on own, using a narcotic (hydro?, meaning hydrocodone?), contact your doctor and discuss your symptoms. Cannot be more precise based upon information at this time. ...Read more

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I often wake up with neck pain and a severe tension headache. Why am I getting "stressed" while sleeping? My pillow and mattress are good quality.

I often wake up with neck pain and a severe tension headache. Why am I getting "stressed" while sleeping? My pillow and mattress are good quality.

What is happening : in your life? Are you stressed at work? Dealing with family problems? Worried about a family member or friend? You daytime stresses may be invading your sleep. Consider talking to a psychologist to search for ways to reduce stress or cope with life's challenges. ...Read more

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I've had tension headache before couple years back. This current one started after working 19 days straight (desk job). It's been on and off since Jan 28th. No other symptoms outside pressure/ache around head. Most the time it's in back of the neck and in

I've had tension headache before couple years back. This current one started after working 19 days straight (desk job). It's been on and off since Jan 28th. No other symptoms outside pressure/ache around head. Most the time it's in back of the neck and in

Your muscles: are stiff and overworked, with posture and positioning likely the cause for your tension headaches. What you need is de-stressing techniques such as meditation, relaxation and a physically taxing hobby such as golf or cardiovascular exercises. This way you can treat both your nerve and your muscles. If that is not better, then use some ibuprofen or see your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Bad headache in the left temple. It is probably a migraine or stress tension headache. But if it was a brain tumor. Would there be other symptoms?

Bad headache in the left temple. It is probably a migraine or stress tension headache. But if it was a brain tumor. Would there be other symptoms?

Likely not tumor: Given your younger age and type of symptoms currently displayed, a brain tumor is less likely. It depends on the frequency and severity of symptoms, but you might consider requesting your doctor to order an MRI brain with and without contrast (it provides better detail of the brain than does the ct). I would definitely consider quitting smoking. ...Read more

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Moderate headache in eyebrows, back of head and neck. Tension headache? No bother symptoms. Feels like pressure. Also throbbing in nose and teeth.

Moderate headache in eyebrows, back of head and neck. Tension headache? No bother symptoms. Feels like pressure. Also throbbing in nose and teeth.

Yes, TTH: Tension type headache. Many patients feel as if they were wearing a tight hat or having their heads in a vice. The pain is of moderate intensity and does not worsen with routine physical activity. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the temples, cervical muscles (neck) as well as the pericranial muscles. Rec.:see orofacial pain specialist for treatment. ...Read more

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Is this a tension headache temples that ache, sore eyes, tight neck an shoulders, worse when brisk walking, upper teeth hurt has symptoms for 6 years

Is this a tension headache temples that ache, sore eyes, tight neck an shoulders, worse when brisk walking, upper teeth hurt has symptoms for 6 years

Trigeminal neuralgis: Thyis also can be a variant of trigeminal neuralgia that was initiated by chronic sinusitis and/or bad teeth. You need nto have this evaluated so the primary(ies) can be identified and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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Why Do you get a tension headache?

Tension-type: headache can develop from episodic Tension-type Headache and the resultant headache is considered a chronic form. The clinical presentation is similar to episodic TTH except for the increased frequency of attacks. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the cervical muscles (neck) as well as the pericranial muscles. Rec.: see orofacial pain/headache specialist. ...Read more

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How to relieve tension headache w/o medication?

How to relieve tension headache w/o medication?

Many ways to try...: A variety of strategies can help reduce the severity and frequency of chronic tension headaches without using medicine. Manage your stress level. Applying heat or ice to sore muscles may ease a tension headache. Good posture can also help keep your muscles from tensing up. Acupuncture, massage and meditation are also helpful for some people. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for tension headache?

What is the best medicine for tension headache?

Depends on cause: Consider dental, jaw, stress, lack of sleep, medication side effects, sinus, etc. See your regular doctor and decide the next intervention. ...Read more

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What is the best way to stop a tension headache?

Reduce stress is key: That's how tension headache gets its name! So, to reduce it, do things in your life that de-stresses you, like taking walks in nature, slow down, meditating, drinking tea and hydrating, relaxing your muscles like what's done in hatha yoga doing slow stretches, massage.Do things opposite that makes you feel hurried, rushed, overwhelmed or overcommitted. Start saying, 'No' to others, and yes for U! ...Read more

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What is the best way to alleviate a tension headache?

What is the best way to alleviate a tension headache?

Home remedies: You can try a few home remedies starting with ice application over back of neck and temples. Other things you could try are warm compresses, massaging your temples and green tea. Advil or Aleve or tylenol (acetaminophen) might also provide you some relief. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Tension headache?

What is the definition or description of: Tension headache?

Tension headache: A tension headache can present with pressure on the back, sides or front of the head (or it can cause a complete circle of pain & pressure). The pain is usually mild to moderate, dull +& accompanied by tender neck, shoulder or head muscles. It is often treated with nonsteroidal ant-inflammatory medications or acetomenophen, or with similar medications that include either a sedative or caffeine. ...Read more

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What type of.headache is a tension headache? What causes it?

Tension headache: A tension headache feels like pressure, like a band around the head, or discomfort at the top of the neck. It is long-lasting, continuous, and it may last for many days. It is sometimes worse with movement of the head. It is especially common in people who are under stress, who work with their head flexed forward (such as computer monitor users). Non-medical treatment is available. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Tension Headache (Definition)

A condition where there is dull pressure or pain within the head, often associated with muscle tension, especially the muscles in the back of ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Stress Headache (Definition)

Stress headaches are caused by stressful situations that ...Read more